Today, wherever we may be in the world, Filipinos come together to pay tribute to the heroism of Gat Andres Bonifacio on his 154th birth anniversary. But this year’s tribute goes beyond commemoration. Today, we unite to strongly condemn and hold accountable the fascist US-Duterte regime for crimes perpetrated in its Marcosian all-out war against the Filipino people.
We are gathered today in protest with other sectors because overseas Filipinos and their families stand against Duterte’s fascism and tyranny. We condemn in most vehement terms the government’s mass murder under the banner of the regime’s three wars – the war against the Moro people, the bloody “war on drugs” and the anti-people Oplan Kapayapaan. We vow to fight Duterte’s political suppression and repression of its critics and perceived enemies. We vow to resist and reject any and all forms of curtailment of our hard-fought freedoms and civil liberties.
The recent surge of arrests, harassments and extrajudicial killings “tokhang-style” by military and police forces against legal activists across the country in light of the GRP’s termination and sabotage of the GRP-NDFP peace talks and Duterte’s threats of a “crackdown” indicate that the president has completely turned his back on just and lasting peace.
It is no secret that militarists and opportunists in the Duterte government want to extend matial law in Mindanao and expand it for their own interests. The looming extension of martial law in Mindanao represents a clear and present threat of an expansion of military rule not only in Mindanao but a military takeover of the government. Such a move will further pave the way for the installation of Duterte’s one-man rule.
History has proven that a fascist dictatorship cannot and will not bring about peace and stability. Instead, most vulnerable to human rights and violations are the Filipino people — unionists who strike for better wages, farmers and national minorities who struggle for land, the poor who fight for better services and against state repression. Clearly, Duterte’s pretext of a “revolutionary government” will set the stage for the large-scale violation of human rights by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police and other state forces.
History has also proven that a fascist dictatorship failed to address the root causes of the CPP-NPA-NDF armed rebellion as well as the Moro people’s struggle for the right to self-determination. Extending martial law in Mindanao, and its possible expansion nationwide through a so-called “revolutionary government” or Duterte’s “federalism”, will be a momentous stumbling block to the Filipino people’s aspiration and commitment to genuine socio-economic reforms and a just and lasting peace.
Migrante also condemns in strongest terms the apparent US-hand not only in the Marawi conflict but in moves to extend martial law in Mindanao and expand it nationwide, especially after US President Trump’s expression of overwhelming support for Duterte during the last ASEAN Summit. Filipinos here and abroad resist and reject US involvement in Philippine affairs. Our nation should not fall prey to the US ploy of wreaking terror and division to advance their economic and political interests in the country and in the region, similar to what they are waging in Syria, Venezuela and other countries where people are asserting their independence.
We will not be intimidated. Makibaka, huwag matakot! Migrante International enjoins all Filipinos and their families worldwide be ever vigilant and continue with efforts to mobilize the broadest number of Filipinos in the Philippines and around the world to call for an end to Duterte’s fascist rule. ###